Drug and Alcohol Rehab Food Hmm Hmm Good! Chateau Briand with Garlic-Roasted Mushrooms and Asparagus; Marinated Chicken Breast with Roasted Poblanos Cream Sauce; Candied Walnut Salad with Fresh Rosemary; Raspberry Walnut Brownies; and C\u00e8me Burlee\u2014these are just some of the sumptuous entr\u00e9es and desserts you will find at The Sundance Center's Drugs and Alcohol Addiction Rehab Center. Five-star chef Mel Navariz, an Arizona Culinary Institute graduate expressed that cooking is what he lives for. \u201cPreparing exquisite meals is my pride and joy,\u201d he said. \u201cEspecially at a place like Sundance's alcohol and drug addiction rehab center where I believe I am put in a position through my trade to give back by preparing wholesome and healthy foods that help to restore lives.\u201d Mel, a former candidate for the popular TV Food Show \u2013 Hell\u2019s Kitchen \u2013counts his blessings for where he is today. \u201cI had been cooking since 1991 but never had the drive to go out and get formal training through an accredited culinary organization,\u201d said the 40-year-old. \u201cThat was until my wife stepped in and pushed me to pursue the degree\u2026 and I did.\u201d He refers to Sundance as the perfect place in which to work because the atmosphere has a spiritual flavor and the guests are always treated with dignity and respect. Over the years, Mel has catered events for a diverse pool of clients that include high profile athletes, celebrities, and Phoenix-area politicians. Without a doubt he is used to the pomp and circumstance that surrounds these types of individuals; but he much prefers to be in a setting like Sundance because of what it symbolizes \u2013 peace and love. \u201cThere is no pomp and circumstance here,\u201d he said. \u201cJust men and women who are trying to get sober and get their loved ones back into their lives.\u201d The native Texan who now lives in Scottsdale says good and healthy cooking is a combination of four things: Flavor, Nutrition, Quality, and Presentation. Excellent chefs know how to apply the appropriate flavors to the foods they prepare; they know what good and effective nutrition is all about; they all have an eye for quality; and they take pride in presentation. In particular, presentation is paramount because, as Mel mentioned, people eat with their eyes first. \u201cIf it doesn\u2019t look good\u2026 chances are they will not eat it,\u201d he said, emphasizing that nutrition is also vital because of JHC\u2019s commitment to having its guests consume foods that provide essential dietary fiber and naturally occurring protective substances such as antioxidant and essential nutrients. If you or a loved one is looking to heal from addiction with dignity and respect in a first-class setting, please call us today at 844-877-2806.